Eye tracking is a catalyst technology for XR and XR headsets — delivering value to the broad set of stakeholders within the ecosystem.
Our technology enhances XR headsets through foveation-enabled performance improvements and comfort capabilities. Foveation yields the best possible user experience with available system resources by lowering processing needs and delivering stable and high frame rates. The high-definition graphics foveation affords help reduce user fatigue and eye tracking capabilities like auto-IPD and optimal device positioning ensure comfort and the best possible user experience.
Eye tracking helps to reduce strain and raise user comfort by leveraging eye movement to enable object control and intuitive aim. For usability and ergonomics, eye tracking delivers attentive UX, a capability that makes 3D interfaces sensitive to user attention. Non-verbal communication such as eye contact and gaze information enhance the user experience with social presence. And immersive graphics are possible due to the display and optics improvements our technology delivers.
The relatively low price point, mobility, and immersion capabilities of XR headsets have made them a popular platform to distribute new solutions. Equipped with eye tracking, XR headsets are ideal for understanding behavior, delivering accurate insights about a person's attention, intent, and how they react to events. Its application is essentially limitless, enabling discovery and solution development in domains such as healthcare, training, simulation, MedTech, EdTech, and scientific research.
How eye tracking works in XR
In an XR headset, eye tracking components typically include cameras and light sources placed in a ring-like structure between the user and the display. The core machine-learning algorithms interpret the camera feed to generate a real-time stream of data points such as pupil size, gaze vector, and eye openness. This information can be used, for example, to determine how well a person can follow a stimulus, how they react to a scene, and their intent.
Commercial headsets with native eye tracking from Tobii
“Tobii showed us eye tracking inside a VR HMD that was as perfect an implementation as we’ve seen. That, coupled with the company’s unique position in the current market, places Tobii in a prime position for the market’s future.”